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This review is from: ASUS AM1M-A AM1 2 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: - Spec says microATX but the size is almost close to mini-ITX. Very compact.
- Easy to assemble
- HDMI, DVI, and VGA all together
- 4 USB 2.0 ports + 2 USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
Cons: None so far
Other Thoughts: - Excellent board with quality parts
- Straightforward installation: maybe the same for other AM1 socket boards as well
- GUI BIOS: I do not like it but good for everyday users
- Matched with AMD 5150: quad-core with 25W TDP
- Perfect for upgrades or HTPC
Pros: - Quad-core CPU consuming only 25W!
- Northbridge and southbride included: motherboards become all cheap and compact-sized
- almost no fan noise: comes with a fan, but almost no fan noise at all. Fan rotates around 1.5K rpms for my system
- Compact size: almost like a quarter --- except that it's rectangular.
Cons: - not for high-end gaming: not a good match with high-end gaming video cards demanding full bandwidth of PCI Express x16 specs
Other Thoughts: - Quad-core cpu consuming 25W? Are you kidding?
- New atom processors might be better in terms of pure tech specs: they consume less power. Intel does provide quad-core Atoms. But Atoms become pretty much expensive when you build a system for yourself. The new Atoms are for tablets.
- Very good for upgrading existing systems
- Very good for HTPC
- New heatsink/fan installation okay from my experience. Just different.
- Go ahead and buy it
Pros: No fan --- completely silent. Less power consumption (15W?) than NVidia ones with similar performance. Low profile brackets included. HDMI output.
Cons: Not for you if you are serious with 3d gaming.
Other Thoughts: Put into a custom built pc with a hexacore AMD cpu and16Gb of memory. Runs like a champ. Not much to complain with the rebate.READ FULL REVIEW